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Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley Peters, also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly was an American author who is considered the first African-American author of a published book of poetry. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America, where she was bought by the Wheatley family of Boston. After she learned to read and write, they encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent... Read More

Bornc. 1753
West Africa
DiedDecember 5, 1784 (aged 31)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationPoet
LanguageEnglish

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